Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Valentine Swap Reveal......
What would be more fun than to create a box of heartfelt goodies for
someone to receive in time for Valentine's Day! For me, it conjures up
memories of being in grade school. That one time of the year
where you were asked, by the teacher, to bring in an old shoebox.
Class time was spent decorating it with red and pink construction
paper hearts.. lace doilies.. adhered with that white creamy paste
that we all snuck a taste of! A slot was cut in the top, with our name
on the side and you couldn't wait until the Valentine's Day party when
little sweet, and sometimes silly, Valentines would be dropped in, one
by one, by your classmates! That was exactly the feeling I wanted
to create for my swapmate. I wanted to create a proper "container"
for her goodies and that is how I came about creating this........
... a linen and fabric tote embellished with crocheted doilies, vintage
lace, handmade fabric flowers with pearl center backed with burlap
and tulle, and leather handles.
I could see her hanging it from a doorknob where her little preschooler
could drop in his Valentine's given to him by his classmates or
Or she could use it to contain all the projects she is working on for
this special holiday! After all, this young woman is VERY creative and
VERY talented! And it was with those sentiments that I chose items
to be tucked inside~ to be used as foundations for her creative spirit!
Her requests were for things that were on the lines of Pottery
Barn and Anthropologie (and no trims as she had accumulated lots
in her journeys) ~ and that her Valentine color was red, not
pink. A deep, rich barn red. You can see, from the tote, that I kept
those preferences in mind. So... what was inside? Take a peek!
The word on the paper medallions indicated what the
scrabble letters inside would spell ~ a mix of burgundy and
cream letters so when put together it created a pleasing appearance
A vintage salt shaker with chippy red top filled with
German glass glitter in silver (one of her desires)
Vintage cabinet cards of a man and woman that I officially
married.. tee, hee! And the title of the book cover I found?
The Girl of His Dreams! Who knew I would be so lucky to find this!
Martha Stewart cupcake liners and pics. I could see her
baking in the kitchen with her little guy. In the center, are
three vintage wooden spools with deep red labels... three different
colors of twine are wrapped around them... perfect addition to any
Music cards from Pottery Barn, a heart shaped box with
with vintage velvet flower on top, and in the two cellophane
bags tied with silk ribbon and button? Votives in rich, red
with gold interiors.
A Santos ornament I found at Pottery Barn on which I
attached a bit of vintage lace. She will be able to take it off
and adorn it to her own taste.. and knowing her, it will look
Linens, a request of hers, and wooden angel wings that
I attached a pearl chain to. Again, just the starting point!
And lastly, a vintage book with deep red cover to use the
pages of, gloves from another era, rhinestone pin and #14 playing card
With my project complete, I tucked them inside the tote, cushioned with
shredded book pages (thanks, Carrie, for the inspiration!). Placed it in
a box, closed it shut, and used massive amounts of packing tape to
secure it. Just my quirky little thing!! I handed it to the postman and
bade it goodbye! I won't say it was easy creating this for my swapmate
as I sooooo didn't want to disappoint her. But what I learned from this
is that it's not so much about the items purchased or made. As long as
it comes from the heart, that feeling will shine through. Love given
genuinely will be well received... and isn't that at the heart of
Valentine's day?? Hugs and kisses to you all!!!